I’m a 21 year old that experienced his first hurricane(technically 2 but Irma just went past us) and during the first 20mins I wanted it to be over. I stayed awake for 24hrs throughout the whole storm. Now I’m dealing with the problems while still going to college!

More info: I spent the first few weeks doing 6-8hr lines for gas & 3-5hr lines for bags of ice. Then everyday I would drop off my electronics at a neighbor’s house which had a generator. Now things normalized and gas lines are gone, ice isn’t an issue and I own a generator thanks to family from the mainland that sent it to us.

Proof

Edit: Hurricane damage

Edit: How I charge my electronics. I own 6 of these

Edit: power cables connected around the house

Edit: More proof! My roofless balcony & neighborhood atm

Edit: Whoa this got traction! Questions can keep coming(something to do while I wait for generator lol) I got up early this morning and gonna head to Ponce with my dad and try to see the areas that were affected by the storm along the way.

Edit: It’s 87 days now.

Edit: You can donate here to help! https://secure.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicef-usas-hurricane-relief-efforts-puerto-rico/32952

Edit: Have an album of pics during and after the storm provided by my family

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dj2short92 karma

What are your thoughts on the 200,000+ people who have permanently moved to the U.S. since the storm?

T1BM108 karma

My heart goes out for them. There’s a few colleagues of mine that completely lost their homes. One day you’re fine and then the next day your home is just shattered. I can’t imagine how it felt to lose everything and then having to move to the US.

nos4autoo8 karma

Are you committed to staying in Puerto Rico regardless of how the recovery efforts may progress?

Edit: if so, what's your main motivation to do so? (Not saying one or the other is right, just curious)

T1BM30 karma

My plan has always been to move to the states AFTER I finish college. Even my parents agree that my future doesn’t lie in PR, but outside of the island.

chevyace43 karma

My wife is Puerto Rican and we have family in Yabucoa. Are you able to get plenty of food? Are they rationing and when do you expect to have power back? Also, where are you on the island?

Stay safe my friend. :-)

T1BM57 karma

Food isn’t an issue for us(thankfully). I’ve seen the military delivering food when it was most chaotic. I expect the power to be back around April-June of next year. Also I live in San Juan in an area that is known as a “bolsillo” which basically means we are the last to get power in the municipality. Idk how it’s called in English.

chevyace29 karma

I expect the power to be back around April-June of next year.

That is a very long time. How do you power your device you are communicating on right now?

T1BM41 karma

Family from the mainland sent us 4 portable battery chargers. They also sent us a Generator on November and we turn it on from 5pm-9am so during that period we charge the batteries and all devices. Whenever we’re going out we take 1 battery with us :)

NotSoSelfSmarted6 karma

A dead zone? (Literally means pocket)

T1BM7 karma

Yea that. Forgot what it was called in English.

SamPaton32 karma

How much do you believe needs to be done to repair remaining damage to the island?

Also how's college? What are you studying?

T1BM51 karma

The government really needs to stop focusing on contracts with companies like Whitefish and focus on the people first. This really shouldn’t be taking this long.

After the hurricane the cell service at college is completely down and still is. I’m working on a Associate Degree of Technology of Instrumentation(Electricity)

SheriffLevy16 karma

This really shouldn’t be taking this long.

How long should it take? Seems like a huge job.

T1BM20 karma

Like I said in another question. The government focused on sketchy contracts first and refused to take the help from local truckers. Which slowed down the process by a shit load.

RansoN69-9 karma

So what I take from what you're saying is that the 'delay' while figuring out contracts has been the only issue on why this is taking so long. I picture as if literally no one was doing anything while the government sorted out contracts, is this true?

Honestly the entire public knows about the whole Whitefish ordeal so while /u/SheriffLevy was a bit of a dick about it, I kind of hoped for more here

Lilsare13 karma

Hoped for more? Dude, you are talking to a guy who survived a hurricane, was without power, is living off of a generator, who made himself available to answer anyone's questions on Reddit while trying to finish college. The premise of all of this is that you are talking to a college student who's living in Puerto Rico about the hurricane. Were you hoping for expert testimonial, professional opinion? Maybe he could do a google search and get you the links to that information, or perhaps skim that information then give you a summary of it?

Ok I'm being a little sarcastic. But really it just seems like you were offended at his answer. It just seems unnecessary. This isn't an investigatory work of journalism, nor does it ever claim to be. This is a conversation with a guy living there now. Isn't there value in learning about how the recovery efforts seem to the people who are actually depending on them?

T1BM3 karma

Your response is just golden lol. There are a few things in here that I just can’t respond to cause I don’t have full knowledge about them

fartass4524 karma

How are you using reddit, without power?

T1BM34 karma

Cell data. AT&T gave out like 3 months of free data for those affected by the hurricane.

Jbdkaizer7 karma

How do you have charge on your phone?

ItalianJett6 karma

So how are you charging THOSE?

Jbdkaizer-70 karma

So technically you do have power. Just not city supplied.

T1BM17 karma

Yeah majority are getting generators cause this is going to be long term. The Governor promised that power will be back on December but that is very optimistic & unrealistic.

egnavarro22 karma

Are there still tourist coming in to PR at the moment? I visited PR around a month before all these hurricanes happened, and it just sunk my soul.

T1BM44 karma

From what I’ve heard there have been very little tourists coming here. The few that come our doing it out of aid. Our rainforest, El Yunque was absolutely destroyed, not a single green leave was left. Idk how it’s doing right now.

egnavarro14 karma

Not El Yunque!!!!! Even in August it was already dangerous to visit due to the rain and mudslides?! This sucks

T1BM34 karma

aridax4 karma

Dear god, take my upvote and get this to the top!

T1BM7 karma

ThAt iS NoT a QuEsTiON!!1!

Jk lol thanks

T1BM5 karma

Oh rip my Reddit bugged out and I thought this was a single thread xd

xPluto13 karma

How has going outside changed since Irma?

T1BM28 karma

It’s made m dad more paranoid than he already was lol. Since there’s no traffic lights, there’s constant traffic and a lot of car accidents. So out of safety we don’t go out after 6pm cause it’s super dark and the road is filled with crazy drivers.

lobstrain3 karma

the road is filled with crazy drivers.

This sounds like normal PR to me!

T1BM1 karma

Crazy unhinged drivers!1!

10per11 karma

How is the municipal water situation?

I have a friend that works for the PR water utility, I last saw him in September right before the storms. He was headed down there knowing he was going to be faced with a big challenge. I have not heard form him since, I imagine he's working a lot.

T1BM9 karma

At least my area’s water supply didn’t get cut off/contaminated. Tho I got a few friends in Guaynabo & Bayamon that don’t have water.

officeworker201711 karma

how much english is spoken in puerto rico?

T1BM21 karma

Majority of the population speaks it but the minority speaks it fluently. I speak it fluently. I’m in a group chat with 18 ppl(close friends and some of their friends) and our conversations are 95% in English and 5% in Spanglish lol

staticwonders8 karma

Has Lin Manuel Miranda helped in with the foundation/ the money that goes to Puerto Rico relief ? I saw an article that college kids protested against him saying “this is not your stage” or something. I just want to know if he’s actually helping out! :)

T1BM12 karma

He has indeed! And idk why those kids protested against him D: Like we need all the help we could get, don't reject it lol.

Hiko13913 karma

I am from the UPR, I was there when the protest happened. It was jyst because Lin Manuel supports some projects a handful of kids were against. It was more cringy than actually serious. Afterwards he just laughed it off and said he wanted to bring Hamilton to the UPR

T1BM1 karma

Ah oki. I study at Inter so prob why I didn’t hear about it.

sauseman5 karma

How long haven't you had power? Also, where are you from?

T1BM15 karma

86 days but 2 days before Marie I got power for 10 seconds and it went away Dx lol.

I live in San Juan

manykwh4 karma

Do you spin that ceiling fan for fun?

T1BM2 karma

Haha no I don’t. But I got my cats for that so does that count?

DiogenesDog2103 karma

I work with a group of people from PR my company flew out of the island after the storm. They did say that crime was a major concern after the storm. Is that still the case? Any personal experience with that?

Stay safe and I wish you the very best.

T1BM3 karma

The crime died down after the military started to roam around the streets. I saw a couple of military vans that were just going around my neighborhood and helping anyone in need.

rootbeer42 karma

Are all parts of the government functioning? Like could you do something basic like get your birth certificate?

T1BM3 karma

Basic stuff like that is functioning pretty well so yea

VegasRaider4202 karma

Why do so many of your peers choose not to learn, or at least not to speak, English?

T1BM11 karma

I don’t quite understand how ppl here don’t know English because we are a US Colony. Our main language is Spanish AND English. English is taught in all schools. Private and public schools. When I used to go to a public College before I switched to a closer & private college, majority of the people there barely knew English or they opted to not speak it cause they weren’t fluent and were bad at it. But in the private college there are classes given in English. So it’s prob depends on the amount of education given in public vs private schools.

VegasRaider4201 karma

Thank you! That's interesting. I was worried my question would come off as offensive but it wasn't intended to be. I had read that cities in Florida with large recent PR immigration volumes were struggling with how to handle high school-aged kids who didn't speak English and it blew my mind.

I read somewhere that you can claim SS disability if you don't speak English and that PR had a high proportion claiming that disability rather than others. BUT I readily admit I didn't look into it anymore and remain skeptical.

Good luck with the rest of your studies, especially with the added burden of making your own electricity to submit your papers.

T1BM1 karma

Luckily my professors aren’t giving homework cause of the current issues so now the highest grade from our tests will count twice.

T1BM2 karma

So does anyone know where(that isn’t YouTube) I could upload some videos so I can share with you guys?

vyik2 karma

What's your opinion on Monstercat?

T1BM2 karma

I once believed they were a great label but recently they’ve been declining :(

LenyuX1 karma

How are you posting on the internet if you do not have power?

I am not trying to be funny. I honestly have wondered if you have the opportunity to charge you’re phones or use internet somewhere.

T1BM3 karma

AT&T is providing free data for those affected by the hurricane and I’m living off a generator now that we turn on from 5pm-9am and that’s when I charge stuff.

mods_are_abc_agents1 karma

How are you online?

T1BM7 karma

Free cell data thanks to AT&T

mods_are_abc_agents1 karma

And what about keeping your phone charged? If you guys have access to 89 day batteries then hook us up!

T1BM3 karma

I have a generator which we turn on from 5pm-9am and during that time we charge our electronics & batteries.

CloudiusWhite1 karma

How does PR plan to pay for the cost of the recording required over there?

T1BM3 karma

I have no idea lol. We are in debt crisis and then this happened. Maria cost between $45 billion - $95 billion in damage. The Debt exceeds $70 billion so now that’s a lot of money we need lol

Maddae1 karma

Are volunteers needed or are resources and money more valuable? If volunteers are needed how can that be done?

T1BM6 karma

We’re pretty good on volunteers thankfully :) Money is always needed(debt crisis exdee)

Alan_Smithee_1 karma

Has this changed your thoughts or opinions on the US government?

T1BM3 karma

At first it did. I was frustrated how slow the help from the President arrived. Like getting rid of the Jones Act 2 weeks after the storm instead of right after it, how he threw paper towels at a crowd instead of giving out food, how he didn’t even visit the most damaged areas on the island and how he said that 16 deaths was something to be proud of(even tho 900+ deaths actually occurred but it wasn’t officially documented by the local government)

theotherkeith1 karma

Do you have enough paper towels?

T1BM2 karma

I do indeed

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T1BM1 karma

Then I can’t give you whatever you consider as better proof. If you could explain then maybe I can.

Lkyte-5 karma

How did you charge your phone without power??? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

T1BM2 karma

I have a generator from 5pm-9am and I use that time to charge my electronics.

knightzend1 karma

How do you get the gasoline to power the generator?

T1BM2 karma

The gasoline stations have been normalized and they allow ppl to fill their gas canisters for obvious reasons.

applegoo-18 karma

Why don't you just get more power?

T1BM12 karma

Not high enough level for more power :(

PopeADopePope-22 karma

How is that proof?

T1BM12 karma

To all accusing me right now, I’m in an area where there’s barely any cell service. I can’t give you the proof that you want because pictures of the damage from Maria aren’t being uploaded to Imgur. I don’t understand how you can assume that someone would lie going through something like this.

PopeADopePope-32 karma

No one is accusing you, dude. What's with the persecution complex?

You called your picture proof, and I asked what that picture is proof of

T1BM11 karma

I thought I had to show a proof of myself? My first post got deleted cause it had no proof then the bot told me what I had to do and I did it.

T1BM5 karma

How is it not? Did I forget to write something down?

PopeADopePope4 karma

How is it not?

What exactly do you think that picture is proof of?

T1BM8 karma

I saw another Puerto Rican doing an AMA and my pic was about the same as his so idk what I could be doing wrong. It’s my first AMA so excuse me if there is something wrong

stmtw0 karma

Another Puerto Rican doing an AMA that I saw used a photo of hurricane damage with his username. This one doesn't do that.

T1BM10 karma

Most of the damage in my area is already gone? Trees been cut down and stuff. I can’t go back in time and plop my username next to it?

stmtw3 karma

Understandable.

T1BM2 karma

I edited in the few pictures I have. My original phone died during the hurricane and the backup I had was a month before September so anything I took is gone. I got the pics from my brother. I have a video of the flooding during the storm saved in my Snapchat but idk where I can upload it and share.

PopeADopePope-5 karma

How is that proof?

How is it not?

But again, what exactly do you think your picture is proof of?

JohnSteelBigCock7 karma

That a fucking hurricane passed through Puerto Rico dumbass

PopeADopePope-3 karma

what exactly do you think your picture is proof of?

That a fucking hurricane passed through Puerto Rico dumbass

How is a picture of half OP's face proof of that, sport